Fresh Food for Ibizan Hounds
The Ibizan hound comes from the Spanish island of Ibiza where they hunted rabbits. Despite their background as hunters, these rare dogs can make great family companions provided they get a heaping helping of daily vigorous exercise. They should be kept on a leash outside otherwise they will be off and running after small prey. If you have a fenced-in area where they can run, that’s great. But the fencing should be high because these tall dogs, standing 22.5 to 27.5 inches tall and weighing 45 to 50 pounds, are strong jumpers, and fast runners. Their coats are either short or wiry, and both types are easy to maintain.
What’s the best dog food for Ibizan hounds?
A diet of fresh food for your Ibizan hound is the best way to support their health and happiness — along with exercise, regular vet care, and a dedicated running partner.
Why fresh is best for your Ibizan Hounds
Highly processed kibble can contribute to many issues that can compromise your Ibizan Hounds’s health. Recipes from The Farmer’s Dog are made with fresh, human-grade ingredients, steamed to retain nutrients, and pre-portioned to help maintain weight.Feed Fresh Today
Ibizan hounds are prone to joint issues. Maintaining a lean body condition can help. And fresh food from The Farmer’s Dog contains Omega-3 fatty acids, proven to reduce inflammation and improve arthritis. Even if kibble contains these healthy fats, they can go rancid sitting on the shelf for long periods. Rancid fats don’t deliver the intended health benefits, and in fact can contribute to inflammation. Fresh food delivers these powerful nutrients intact to your Ibizan hound.
Promote better digestion (and poops)
A fresh diet provides human-grade, highly digestible protein, which contributes to many facets of your Ibizan hound's health. It supports optimal muscle growth and maintenance and a strong heart. Another hallmark of a digestible diet is what we call “high quality poops.” Research shows that a digestible, bioavailable diet affects the quality and quantity of your dog’s poop—making it less voluminous, and less stinky, than their poop on a kibble diet!
Know what’s in the bowl
For Ibizan hounds with dry and itchy skin, sensitive stomachs, or other signs of food allergies and sensitivities, it’s important to know exactly what you’re feeding—something that can be impossible with kibble, which often contains ingredients not listed on the bag. Allergies and intolerances to food are all too common and many dog owners notice symptoms clear up when they switch to fresh food.
Maintain a healthy weight
It’s critically important to avoid overfeeding any dog, big or small. Being even a little overweight can increase your Ibizan hound's odds of developing a host of diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. A fresh-food plan, tailored to your dog’s needs, and delivered in pre-portioned packs, makes weight maintenance easy.
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